(Rochester, N.Y.) - The teen accused of shooting DiPonzio is scheduled to appear in court Friday. Tyquan Rivera will turn 15 next week. Because of his age, he is being treated as a juvenile offender—meaning he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted.
Rep. David Koon has submitted legislation that would allow young offenders who commit crimes such as the shooting of Anthony DiPonzio--to be tried and sentenced as adults.
Koon said, "At least we start here and put some kind of deterrent out there, because right now they know that anybody under the age of 16 can…commit these crimes and…basically just get a slap on the wrist."
Koon has been pushing his bill for nearly 8 years. He said young offenders who are convicted would begin their sentences in a juvenile detention center.